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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist Pearl S. Buck, born on this date in 1892, “To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”


HERBS HAVE IT – Martin House horticulturist Nellie Gardner will talk about scented, textural plants in gardens of all kinds from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway. Learn to harvest, dry and use in nosegays, bouquets and teas. For more info, check


GIVE A DOG A BATH – Depew’s Canine & Co. hosts a “Dog N Suds” bathing opportunity from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday along with rescue dogs available for adoption, basket raffles and face-painting at 5952 Transit Road. Call 681-0063 for an appointment.


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – In North Tonawanda, the St. Mark Lutheran Church and Preschool will host a Mount Everest-themed summer program from 6 to 8 p.m. July 6 through 10 with cool experiments, games and music. Family dinners beforehand at 5:15 p.m. for $10, 1135 Oliver St. Register at the church Facebook page or call 693-3715.

In Tonawanda, it’s a “Blast from the Past” theme for kids from pre-K to sixth grade starting at 10 a.m. July 5 and continuing 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 6 through 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St. Register at


ELMA PRE-K – An open house from 9 a.m. to noon Monday features the expanding prekindergarten program at the Strong Start Early Learning Academy, Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St. (A second opening is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28.)

For this school year, the academy will offer pre-K for 3-year-olds from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and a pre-K program for 4- and 5-year-olds from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Also available, before and after school options and a “lunch bunch” at 11:30 a.m.

For info, call 681-1327 or visit


CHICKEN ETC. – Pick up $10 Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, complete with homemade dessert, from 11 a.m. until sold out on Sunday at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport.

At Cheektowaga’s St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, 157 Cleveland Drive, a chicken and baskets extravaganza features a chicken and ribs dinner, baked goods, theme basket auction, arts and crafts and vintage cars from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

In West Seneca, the Shriners of Western New York sell their 2-pound half-chicken meals for $9 from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd. Call 674-8666.


STRETCH AWAY PAIN – Tasso Spanos will speak on how to stretch fully from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution. He studied with the White House physician to President John F. Kennedy and founded the Pittsburgh School of Pain Management.


ARTS ROUTE – Stop by East Aurora for the Roycroft Summer Festival Saturday and Sunday. Artists working in watercolor, paper marbling, calligraphy, metal, weaving and felting will show how they do it from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave. See details at


REUNION TIME – LaSalle High School’s 50th reunion for the classes of 1964 and 1966 will feature pizza, wings and a cash bar for $15 at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the American Legion on Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls. Music by D.J. Danny DeGoski.

Kensington High School Association will sponsor a “Night at the Ballpark” at 7:05 p.m. July 16 at Coca-Cola Field. Reservation deadline is June 29. Call Don Low at 694-6648.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Monica Neuwirt, Mary Ann Colarusso, Ted May, Joe Czajka, Kathie Burns, Madison Grace Schaller, Sally Lennertz, Cassis Kubiak, Sister Mary Therese Chmura, Charlie Rusek, Louanne Schweitzer, R. James McCarthy, Carolyne O’Sullivan, Valerie LaVenture, Bill Quinn, Matthew Swanekamp, Patty Wolfsohn, Will Molloy, Peggy Parlato, Linda Goodine, Josie Parlato, Jackie Tricoli, May Bertini and Susette Sciandra.

AND SATURDAY – Helen Lynch Jones, Doug Smith, Mike Billoni, Heidi Raphael, Elyse NeMoyer, Brayden Godzich, Rita Smith, Joan Little, Jim Lickfeld, Lisa Guy, Judy Rung, Matthew Muscarella, Marie “Tweetie” Carpenter, Ann Weaver, Mark Morgan, Catherine David, Devon Martinez, Kim Wales, Donna Hughes, Jeff Rejewski, Cal Walter Tomaka and Leonard Ruminski.

AND SUNDAY – Connie Kelley, Mike Silverman, Cindy Levy, Russ Brandon, Garrett Rosen, Samuel Jordan, Annette Kemp, Sarah Lousie McDonald, Claudette Rogers-Thomas, Annette Reid, Rich Koteras, Sister Mary Jean Sliwinski, Remo Ferelli, Caroline Nadolinski, Ann Putz, Steve Chilcott, Edward Blach, Arthur Miller, Noah Connors, Kathy Simonetta, Christine Niewiemski, Emily Nizinkiewicz, Geri Shanahan and Kathy Schafer Snider.